Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Ital 104 Italian IV

Spring 2014

Email: ncristiani@luc.edu                                                                                                  

Office: Room 104

Office Hour: Mon/Tues/Thurs 3:05-3.55 pm and by appointment.

Meeting Days and Times: M/T/TH 2:00-2:55pm

Meeting Place: TBA

Online course: https://sakai.luc.edu/




course description


 The aim of this course is to further develop students’ knowledge of the target language (communicatively relevant patterns and common exceptions in interactive discourse) and culture through communicative in-class activities and out-of-class assignments. Authentic material in Italian (songs, films, short prose narratives, etc.) will complement this course. Short and frequent writing assignments will be an important way for students to reflect on their language use. This course is designed  as a systematic review and expansion of the grammar ;emphasis is placed on further development of  reading, writing and speaking  skills. This course will be conducted in the target language.



course objectives / learning outcomes


Class meetings will center on developing communicative ability, and will be supplemented with in-class activities and as much authentic reading, listening, and visual material as possible.

Upon completion of Italian 4, students should attain a level of competency sufficient to:

-          Communicate ideas in extended discourse and participate in common interactive situations (speaking skills);

-          Understand native speech and its social meaning - everyday topics in predictable/unpredictable contexts (listening skills);

-          Comprehend the content and the cultural significance of literary and non-literary texts on familiar/unfamiliar topics and discourse types (reading skills);

-       Write coherently and appropriately on a variety of topics and discourse types (writing skills);

-       Understand specific aspects of Italian culture (contemporary issues on immigration and politics, the fine arts, history, geography, etc.) as well as assumptions and beliefs underlying culture-specific norms and infractions to norms (cultural competency).




course requirements


In order to attain the learning outcomes outlined above and to ensure that the course proceeds efficiently, students are encouraged and expected to:


  1. Attend class. Not attending class will lower a student's grade for several reasons (e.g., lack of participation; missed clarifications, explanations, and analyses; missed vocabulary, etc.);
  2. Participate actively and constructively in class both with the instructor and other students;
  3. Take all quizzes and exams, and complete assignments on their scheduled dates and at their scheduled times (see dates in boldface type under class schedule). Make-up quizzes and exams will be provided only in accordance with Rome Center policy regarding excused absences (see absence policy);
  4. Complete homework assignments on their due date;
  5. Comport themselves in a manner conducive to learning and with respect for other students;
  6. Speak Italian as requested during class meetings.





general absence policy


In order for an absence to be excused, the student must present the instructor with a written note of excuse from the Dean of Faculty, the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Residence Life. Please note that such personal reasons as travel plans, visiting relatives, friends, etc., cannot be accepted as valid grounds for excusing an absence unless authorized by the Dean of Faculty.



course-specific absence guidelines


For the purpose of grade calculation, each  unexcused absence that a student accumulates after the second will reduce her or his final grade by 3% (e.g., if a student's pre-absence grade calculation is 92%, with 4 absences the grade reduces 6 percentage points to 86%, resulting in a drop in the final grade from A- to B+).


It is the student's responsibility to inform herself or himself of homework assignments, class notes, etc. in the event of absence.





texts – required:


QuiItalia .it,2012, livello intermedio (B1)  Mazzetti,Falcinelli,Servadio e Santeusanio

Le Monnier Editore, Firenze

 (available for purchase in JFRC bookstore)  


Handouts  provided by the Instructor.






means of assessment


The final grade will be determined on the basis of the following criteria, and grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

                                    % of final grade                         Grading Scale




                %            gr. pt.      meaning


A             100-93                     excellent

A-            89-92      

B+            86-88

B              81-85                       good

B-            78-80      

C+           75-77

C             71-74.5                    satisfactory

C-            68-70.5    min. for pass/fail option

D+           63-67.5   

D             60-62.5                    poor

D-            57-59.5

F              below 57 failure



*Class Participation                                10%

*Oral Assignments (2)                            10%                 

*Compositions (4,graded)                       10%

*Language Project                                  5%

 Homework                                           10%

 Quizzes (4)                                           20%                 

 Midterm Exam                                      15%                 

 Final Exam                                           20%                 


Grading Scale




*Detailed information concerning these assignments (expectations, deadlines, etc.) will be distributed during the semester.


final exam


DATE:    Apr 26th                 |         TIME:      3:00-5:00                             |          PLACE:  TBA


Those students who cannot attend the final exam session will receive a grade of 0 (zero) on the final exam (except those students with a valid excuse; see absence policy), and the final grade will be calculated accordingly.





academic integrity


The deliberate appropriation and representation of another person's work (ideas, language, findings, etc.) as one's own on any written assignment, quiz, exam, or paper—commonly referred to as "plagiarism"—will result in a student's automatic failure for that assignment or examination and notification of the Director that the student is suspected to have committed plagiarism. Any such behavior undermines the fundamental trust upon which academic integrity and a community of scholars is based. Every student must familiarize herself or himself with the rules referring to academic integrity as outlined in the Loyola University Chicago Undergraduate Studies Catalogue. Knowledge of the University's academic integrity guidelines will be taken for granted.





This course requires that each student activate and maintain access to the Sakai on-line learning tool. Through this medium such tasks can be accomplished as communicating homework assignments, submitting homework, and communicating important course-related information. In addition, specific files can be accessed through Sakai (e.g., course syllabus, quiz correction keys, language-learning files).




The oral and/or homework components of the course will require each student to access the VoiceThread online tool.


students with disabilities


Students with documented disabilities who wish to discuss academic accommodations should contact me the first week of class.






















CLASS SCHEDULE (the following schedule is subject to modification)

*Please note that due to the language component of the general orientation, Italian language classes are exempt from make-up lessons.

 CLASS SCHEDULE (the following schedule is subject to modification)




Funzioni comunicative



Strutture grammaticali



Means of Assessment

Jan 20/21/23

Unità 1


Dare e chiedere informazioni personali, gradimento e non, capacità e incapacità

Tempo libero e hobby


Mezzi di trasporto e viaggi

Revisione Presente, Passato prossimo e Imperfetto

Caratterisitiche dell’Italia e degli italiani


Oltre l’unità:…ho trovato il lavoro per me


Jan 27/28/30

Unità 2


Raccontare esperienze personali e di altri al passato

Esprimere emozioni al passato

Mezzi di trasporto e situazioni di emergenza


Opposizione passato prossimo/ imperfetto

Trapassato prossimo

Numeri di soccorso in Italia

Oltre l’unitàIl sentiero Italia

Quiz 1

Feb 3/4/6


Unità  3


Esprimenre desideri al presente e al passato, realizzabili e irrealizzabili

Scuola, università


Condizionale semplice e composto

Oltre l’unità

Sistema educativo in Italia


Feb 10/11/13

Unità 4


Esprimere intenzioni e propositi

Tempo libero

Revisione future semplice

Ripresa pronomi

Pronome relativo che

Oltre l’unità

Quella passione che (ci) accende la vita


Feb 17/18/20

Unità 5


Dare consigli, fare ipotesi


Descrivere una persona, qualità e difetti

Si impersonale

Periodo ipotetico della realtà

Pronomi relativi chi, quelli che, coloro che

Colloquio di lavoro, il CV e lalettera di prentazione


Quiz 2



Feb 24/25/27

unità 6


Dare consigli e istruzioni

Benessere e salute

Parti del corpo, malattie e cure

Revisione pronomi

Imperativo formale e informale

Le Terme ela sute in Italia

Comp. 2

Oral 1


Mar 3/4/6

unità 7



Lamentarsi , protestare

Descrizione di una città

Problem in viaggio

Forma passiva con essere

Particelle pronominali ci e ne

Pronome relativo cui

Luoghi del cuore

Città e località famose in Italia


Mar 7-16








Mar 17/18/20

unità 8



Dare istruzioni


Cibi e ricette

Particielle pronominali ci e ne

Imperativo con particelle

Ricette tipiche italiane

La dieta mediterranea

Le nuove abitudini alimentari


Mar 24/25/27


unità 9


Esprimere opinion,

Speranze, stati d’animo e necessità



Congiuntivo presente e passato in dipendenza da verbi

Concordanza dei tempi

Gli italiani e gli animali

Gli italiani e l’ambiente


Comp. 3

Quiz 3

Mar 31



unità 10


Esprimere probabilità, dubbi


Cambiamenti sociali:

Famiglia, immigrazione

Congiuntvo presente e passato

Future semplice e anteriore

Cambiamenti nella società

Emigrazione e immigrazione

Oltre l’unità


Apr 7/8/10


Materiali extra

Esprimere probabilità e dubbi al passato


Congiuntivo imperfetto e trapassato



Comp. 4

                                                 Oral 2

Apr 14/15/17

Materiali extra

Fare ipotesi


Periodo ipotetico della possibilità e dell’irrealtà


                                                Quiz 4

Apr 18-21






Easter recess

Apr 22/24

Materiali extra





                               Language Project